Marion celebrates opening of new SCCH


L-R: (Molly Luton, director of communications and marketing for SCCH); Va. State Sen. Bill Carrico; Ann Fleming, MSHA senior vice president of Virginia operations; Jim Bear, chairman of SCCH board of directors; Lindy White, CEO of SCCH; Dennis Vonderfecht, CEO of MSHA; Dr. Chelsea Hamman, chief of medical staff for SCCH; Bob Feathers, chairman of MSHA board of directors; David Helms, Mayor of Marion; Kathy Haga, chaplain at SCCH.

MARION, Va. – Officials at Smyth County Community Hospital cut a vine – instead of a ribbon – on Monday to celebrate the opening of the new SCCH, the third certified “green” hospital to be built in the region by Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA).

The $67 million facility is designed with environmental stewardship and energy efficiency in mind, and is expected to receive silver-level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

“Just as we want to provide excellent care for our patients, we also want to take excellent care of the environment during all of our operations,” said Lindy White, CEO of SCCH. “We are proud to be the first newly-constructed LEED-certified building in Smyth County.”

White, who was born at SCCH’s original location on Radio Hill Road, has been involved with the hospital her entire life.

“I did my internship at the hospital when I was a junior in college, and just a few days before I was set to graduate, I got a call asking if I would be interested in having a job here as an internal auditor,” White recalls. “I definitely feel at home here, and it’s wonderful to see how our roots go back many years, and how the support of the community and MSHA has led us to what we see here today.”

SCCH joined MSHA in 2006, and the local community board along with MSHA at that time agreed to provide support for the construction of the new facility. Since that date, MSHA officials say SCCH has continued to raise the bar for quality health care in Southwest Virginia.

“Smyth County Community Hospital is a shining star within Mountain States Health Alliance,” said Dennis Vonderfecht, president and CEO of MSHA. “Their mortality index is among the best in the state of Virginia, and well below the national benchmark. The hospital also recently received national recognition with a QUEST award from Premier, Inc., recognizing them as a top performer on key quality measures, including clinical excellence as well as low cost of care.”

White attributes the hospital’s excellence to the dedicated team members who work there.

“More than anything, I’m proud of our team of nurses, physicians and other clinical caregivers,” she said. “As I see it, this new facility with its calming atmosphere and state-of-the-art technology really completes the puzzle that will allow our team to offer world-class health care to our community for years to come.”

Fast facts about Smyth County Community Hospital:

  • At slightly over 150,000 square feet, the new building is about 13,000 square feet larger than the old hospital.
  • It features a total of 48 inpatient beds, 11 emergency department rooms, 11 short-stay surgery beds, two sleep lab rooms, three operating rooms and six rooms for post-acute care.
  • The total cost of the project was $67 million, with Skanska serving as the general contractor.
  • The new SCCH will offer all the services of the old SCCH plus an inpatient rehabilitation unit and an expanded emergency department and diagnostic area.
  • The facility includes a medical office building and the Regional Cancer Center, offering chemotherapy cancer treatment services five days a week.
  • SCCH is the third hospital to be built by MSHA according to LEED guidelines, following Franklin Woods Community Hospital in Johnson City, Tenn., in 2010 and Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Va., in 2011. 
  • The hospital is located at 245 Medical Park Drive off of North Main Street/Highway 11, just off Exit 47 of I-81.
  • The 50-acre site allows for future expansion and development.
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